knowzies-logo
PortfolioMenu

Virtual Reality and eLearning: An Introduction

Virtual Reality or VR as it is popularly known as, has been around for longer than we know. A peek into the history and we know that though the initial concept revolved around creating an illusion, the modern concept in fact originated from science fiction, Stanley G. Weinbaum's short story-Pygmalion's Spectacles according to Wikipedia.

From Sensorama, Aspen Movie Map, Virtual Fixtures system to the Sega VR the evolution of VR devices has been commendable indeed. Today we have affordable, lightweight VR headsets that can be used by almost everybody. What made this possible is the advancement in mobile technology with advanced sensors and the whole enchilada.  According to Statista, “the economic impact of VR/AR is forecast to amount to 29.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.” As discussed in a previous post the use of VR has expanded into the education space and there are things we need to be wary about.

However, even before that, we need to look at what makes VR a good choice for training or learning. What connects?

Immersive, Explorative, Interactive

Though more popularly used by game developers, learning developers too are now finding ways to create immersive, explorative and interactive virtual space where learners can learn as they explore using the VR headsets and navigation controls. 360 videos are easily available on YouTube allowing learners to visit places they have never been to, explore new environments. Learning providers too have been working on creating virtual spaces with branching scenarios etc.

Risk Free

VR is prevalently used in flight training, medical, space and military training. The used of stimulators reduces the actual risk and allows the learners to improve their technical, motor skills in a virtual environment that entirely mimics the real-world scenarios.

Freedom to Experiment

Learning does not happen all at once. VR helps when experimentation, is required to find out the various outcomes, in a risk -free environment. VR has already shown great potential in the field of architecture, where architects experiment with 3D models. Even in medical science, surgeries are practiced virtually to ensure the positive outcomes without harming the patient.

VR also saves money and time, through reduced resource utilizations, reduced travel costs, increased safety, and most importantly through reduced influence of extrinsic factors.

Today most L&D providers focus on mobile VR systems that are more affordable. The entire unit comprises of a device (smartphone), a VR headset, and an input controller for interaction with the virtual environment- the controls are gesture based, sensors for head tracking, or using tracking pads.

Virtual classrooms, virtual tours, can be delivered through Learning management systems, using the VR’s SDK functionalities.

University of Michigan Football program, allows the potential candidates to experience the real-game using VR. Growing number of colleges offer a virtual campus tour to potential students. Schools in the US have been using VR to conduct virtual field trips to Amazon and even Mars.

VR has already been prevalent in Military and medical trainings, has now been incorporated into distance learning too (University of British Columbia has already delivered lectures in VR), and marketing firms too have been using it well enough. While VR has gained prevalence in the area of K12 education, it still is at it’s infancy in corporate learning space. However, with its growing popularity and easy access to devices, it can soon influence the way training is delivered in manufacturing, oil and gas sectors and almost all high-risk sectors where learning in a virtual environment can keep the employees performance ready.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe With Us

Knowzies Voice
Let’s connect and spread knowledge together
Recent Posts
July 2, 2020
Why Microlearning And Mobile Learning Is an Essential Combination in Today’s Age For L&D

In a modern world driven by app-based technologies and workplace applications, mobile is an essential device. A Deloitte report states that “consumers today check their

Read More
June 25, 2020
Importance of eLearning in Remote On-boarding of Employees

eLearning is important for remote onboarding. Instead of going the traditional way of listing out the importance, what if we use a scenario instead?

Read More
June 17, 2020
Re-Evaluating Your eLearning Development Strategy in Wake of Pandemic - Key Tips

Almost half a year has gone by and individuals, organizations, families, institutes, and mankind as a whole has been finding ways to adapt to a situation that had never been foreseen.

Read More
June 3, 2020
Converting Heavy Text into e-Learning - Key Tips

In interesting research published under the title, “Don’t throw away your printed books: A meta-analysis on the effects of reading media on reading comprehension”, researchers from Spain and Israel discussed the screen inferiority effect

Read More
May 21, 2020
Key Tips for Rapid eLearning Video Development

Start. Action. Cut. Is that how you perceive video development? Well, can’t say that’s wrong as far as the popular concept of directing videos goes.

Read More
Recent Case Studies
December 19, 2020
Only Assessment Skill Assessment App

Knowzies Team developed a solution that consisted of a responsive web application with admin and user functionality. The admin can create assessments and assign those to users based on time and date. There are 6 different types of questions that can be created or bulk uploaded by the admin. This is a highly scalable architecture and is built to handle the load of as much as more than 5000 concurrent users. It had 4 types of users viz super admin, evaluator, and user.

Read More
December 17, 2020
On the cloud.io: SAAS Software Review Platform

Knowzies team offered a solution that consisted of a responsive web application that is available in 4 different languages- English, Spanish, Italian, and French. The main portal offered an excellent search facility to search the required product based on category, feature, pricing, country, etc. It also showed the latest trends in the industry and top 3 products based on the user’s reviews. It had 5 different types of modules like Main Page, Categories (further split into subcategories), market analysis and trends, and some useful resources.

Read More
December 14, 2020
Compliance Training App

Knowzies team created a solution that consisted of a responsive web application with multi-portal functionality. The main portal was integrated with the client’s website. An iOS, as well as an Android mobile app, is also part of the solution. It had 4 types of users viz super admin, master admin, sub-admin, and learner. Knowzies team adopted SCRUM methodology for managing this solution which was built across 8 sprints.

Read More
Knowzies is one of the leading eLearning development companies in the US. Let’s trigger a mind-blowing digital transformation in your organization!
© 2021
 All Rights Reserved
Privacy PolicySitemap
envelopecrossarrow-up linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram